Wee kitty

by brae  

There's a new mini kitty in my collection.  :D

Isabeau is a beautifully made Maine Coon cat by Maya Schippl.

Isabeau is slightly smaller than the other cats I have when shown in comparison, like Ophelia here, but they both fit perfectly in 1:12 scale.  :]

Her small stature reminds me of a real life kitty from my past.  I worked at Save-A-Pet one summer and took care of the incoming cats.  This was a room with individual cages for quarantine before the animals could be integrated into the general cat room.  My responsibilities included cleaning the incoming cat room cages as well as those of the "sick" cat room where the vet oversaw more intense cases.

One incoming cat the staff named Howard was about the size of a 10 week old kitten when he came in.  He was so ill.  He had a terrible respiratory infection and was sick for quite awhile.  When I would clean his cage, he would lie limply around my shoulders like a scarf.  He had so little energy from fighting the infection that the vet wasn't sure he would ever get any bigger.  He would spend his adulthood at the size of a 10 week old kitten.  I fell in love with that cat in the time we spent during his recovery, but my parents didn't allow animals in the house so adopting him myself was out of the question.  He was adopted one busy Saturday later that season, and the staff came to get me to break the news.  The people adopting him let me hold him as they filled out the paperwork, and he fell asleep in the hustle and bustle around us.  Sweet little kitty.  I always wondered how his life turned out.  :]

14 comments

Comment from: April [Visitor]

She’s lovely, great color and the face is wonderfully done. Fantastic addition to your collection :)

10/27/15 @ 17:48
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]  

Oh she’s gorgeous. Love how she and Ophelia look together. Congratulations on your new addition!

10/27/15 @ 17:58
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

She’s lovely! Such expressive eyes.

10/27/15 @ 17:59
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Oh you just made me cry–on behalf of all those pets you helped way back when: thank you.

And yes, Isabeau is beautiful (and so is her name!)

10/27/15 @ 18:33
Comment from: The grandmommy [Visitor]

The features on both of these cats could only be more realistic if they were breathing!

10/27/15 @ 18:39
Comment from: Joy [Visitor]

She’s beautiful. And thank you for sharing Howard’s story.

10/27/15 @ 23:04
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]

Hi Brae, that is a beautiful miniature-cat, I love it! And the size seems right, it’s just a slender and a bit of a petite posture, just as cats can differ in real life. I’ve had a kitten from a nest of one of my cats once (we got her pregnant from the shelter, but didn’t know, fun surprise!), but the one we kept from the four kittens stayed little too. Her body for some reason never outgrew the size of that of a 4-5 month old kitten, where her siblings have all matured to fullsize cats. Even when she reached the age of nearly two (sadly she never got older, because she died a week before her second birthday, as a result of an accident).
What a sad story about that 10-week old kitten that was so sick and you took care for so lovingly and that never grew bigger than what he was then.. It must have been heartbreaking for you not to be able to adopt him.. I can only imagine that you would like to know what became of him.. I’m sure he never forgot about you either!!
ps: the last two comments by Monique were from me too, just forgot to fill my website, so in case you weren’t sure, it was me &#59;)

10/28/15 @ 04:38
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

I love your story about Howard. I bet it was heart breaking that you couldn’t adopt him. My guess is that the people who adopted him had just as kind of a heart as you do. Isabeau is lovely!

10/28/15 @ 07:53
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Beautiful kitty and such a sweet story. I think you can trust that the family gave him lots of love and were kind to him.

10/28/15 @ 08:48
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]

I love Maine Coon cats. Such gorgeous faces and amazing fur. What a kind thing to work with animals like that as a child.
All your miniature critters are beautiful. <3

10/28/15 @ 10:48
Comment from: jane s [Visitor]

I love her pointy small face, I like cats to have that sphinx/Egyptian look , she is a fine addition to the family!

I’ve always taken in the runts myself, they always make the best buds &#59;&#41;

10/29/15 @ 06:45
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

I would say that ISABEAU definitely lives up to her name! She is GORGEOUS!

10/29/15 @ 21:31
Comment from: nora bannister [Visitor]  

I love the tiny cats.would there be a book that shows how to make them.

07/21/17 @ 03:06
Comment from: brae [Member]

They are great cats. These are artisan items, so I don’t know how they were made. There are tutorials on the internet if you search for making furred miniature animals. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

07/21/17 @ 10:22


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